MLGW: Restoration Efforts Will Stretch into Next Week

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Almost one week after straight line winds hit the city, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) has reported that just under 22,000 customers remain without power, as of this morning.

As the utility is continuing now to repair smaller outages, which takes tedious work and more time, MLGW officials believe that full restoration could extend into early next week.

Using more restoration resources than those following Hurricane Elvis in 2003, MLGW has a total of 101 contract overhead line crews, along with 78 tree trimming crews that are working around the clock.

In the meantime, for those who remain without power, charging stations provided by AT&T are available at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central and Whitehaven Libraries, as well as at the Ed Rice Community Center today and throughout the weekend.

Salvation Army also began passing out meals at the Ed Rice Community Center yesterday and will continue with dinner this evening at 6:00, as well as lunch and dinner through Sunday.

Providing food, water, ice, and air conditioning, the Union Grove Baptist Church in Frayser is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until power is restored in the surrounding neighborhoods.

A full list of storm resources can be seen here.

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